Take Action Against Mass Shootings:
Threat Assessment, Intervention Strategies and Helping Survivors

What can you do to prevent a mass shooting? Acts of Mass Violence occur so frequently in our society that it has become a national problem. Whether it is a school, a place of worship, or a workplace, each new act of violence brings with it a call for society to do something, and many solutions proposed focus on more mental health treatment. But what does this mean? How can acts like these be prevented? What more can mental health professionals do to spot these perpetrators and get them help before it’s too late?

Many mental health professionals are eager to know what more they can do to prevent these acts of violence, but most are not adequately prepared to identify the warning signs for potentially violent clients and many lack the training to know how to properly intervene in these situations.

This two-day workshop will provide clinicians with the guidance and training they need to identify and intervene with potentially violent clients. In addition, the workshop will discuss how professionals can treat survivors of acts of violence.

The purpose of this two-day training is to assist professionals who work with high risk violent populations to develop an understanding of how aggression and violence can develop and progress through a life time.  These two days will review prospective from behavioral health providers and law enforcement.  The information can help professionals gain a basic knowledge of creating safety teams and possible preventive and treatment options that can be instituted in order to decrease the risk of violence. This information will include school safety, risk evaluations and risk reduction plans which include recommendations for behavioral health treatment.  The presentation will have participants practice identifying risk factors and possible interventions for a safety team.  Finally, it is extremely important to make sure victims, parents, staff, and first responders take care of themselves and others during an incident and after.  Participants will be introduced to Critical Incident Stress Management and review how this was implemented during the Newtown Shooting.


Date: Thurs & Fri, July 18 & 19, 2019

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost: $320 early registration through June 30

   $345 after June 30

  $300 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Seifert, Heather Brown, MS, PsyA & Corporal Matthew E. Brown

CEU Credits: 12 CEUs – See below for Credit Information


  • Learn what you can do to identify and intervene with potentially violent clients
  • Presenters include experts in violence risk assessment, intervention and law enforcement
  • Leave this workshop with tools you can use immediately to assess and reduce violence risk
  • Learn how to assist survivors of mass violence and address their mental health needs


Dr. Kathryn Seifert, Founder and Executive Director of Eastern Shore Psychological Services serving 4,000 clients on the Eastern Shore of MD.  She has worked for over 30 years in the areas of mental health, criminal justice, and addictions and has provided treatment and assessment services to youth and adults in community and correctional settings.  She is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. Additionally, she is past President of the Maryland Psychological Association, a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialists, a fellow in the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists and a Certified Forensic Consultant.

Dr. Seifert has specialized in the assessment and treatment of individuals who are at risk for violence and who are emotionally disturbed, behaviorally disordered, victimized, delinquent, and/or attachment disordered.  She has lectured both nationally and internationally and provides training on the topics of “Predicting and Assessing the Risk for Violence,” “Attachment Disorders,” and “Violence Risk Reduction Planning.”  Her first book, How Children Become Violent, was published in October 2006. Her second Book, Youth Violence: Theory, Prevention, and Intervention was published in 2012 and is a college text book.  In addition to these paperback books and numerous ebooks, Dr. Seifert has developed the CARE 2, Child and Adolescent Risk/Needs Evaluation. It is a valid and reliable instruments designed to assess the risk for violence and to determine the appropriate level and type of services for at-risk clients.

Dr. Seifert is a nationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of behavioral health problems and has appeared on CNN, Discovery ID, and Fox News and consults with numerous public agencies.  She has a blog, Stop the Cycle, on Psychologytoday.com with nearly a half a million readers.  Her webpage is http://drkathrynseifert.com. She is on the Advisory Council of Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit with a mission of reducing violence nationally through education and increased mental health services.


Heather Brown, MS, PsyA, is a Registered Psychology Associate and the Director of Recovery Services at Eastern Shore Psychological Services. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from Salisbury University, her Master of Science from Capella University and is working towards her PhD in Forensic Psychology at Walden University.  She is currently writing her dissertation which focuses on serial sexual murderers and the potential characteristics that lead them to kill their victims.

Prior to becoming employed at Eastern Shore Psychological Services, she worked for Wicomico County Health Department for 14 years.  During that time Heather was promoted to the Director of Addictions and Core Service agency.  While working at the Health Department, Heather was able to work with the community providers and members to identify how to bridge relationships and fill gaps to ensure that the public received access to services for behavioral health disorders. Heather helped to create and implement the Wicomico County Circuit Drug Court, Mobile Methadone Treatment, Overdose Prevention Plan and Wicomico Somerset Crisis Intervention Team.  Heather was also responsible for the Critical Incident Response Team which would assist in providing debriefings for community members after a critical incident.  She is certified to teach both Critical Incident Stress Management and Mental Health First Aid.  She also assists with teaching mental health unit to the cadets at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy.

Since staring at Eastern Shore Psychological Services in March 2015, Heather has further identified and developed skills to assist with high risk youth for violence.  Eastern Shore Psychological Services works closely with the Department of Juvenile Services to address and treat youth who have the potential for chronic violence.    This has allowed opportunities to address potential risks and work with community services to create teams to further address these potential youth.


Corporal Matthew E. Brown, Upon entry into the U. S. Coast Guard in March 1987, Cpl Brown attended a three-month training camp where he received numerous hours of training in drug recognition, interdiction and smuggling techniques. While on active duty, Cpl Brown was assigned to a Law Enforcement patrol boat whose primary duty was to perform interdiction patrols in coastal waters. In February 1989, your Cpl Brown attended a week long training seminar conducted by the FBI in regards to drug interdiction and boarding techniques on the high seas.

Cpl Brown has been a police officer for twenty nine (29) years. During that time he was assigned to uniform patrol at the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department from December 1989 to August 1992. In August 1992, Cpl Brown was hired by the Fruitland Police Department and was immediately assigned to the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force where he served as undercover narcotics investigator for a period of five (5) years. While there, Cpl Brown worked several long term covert investigations as the primary undercover officer.  During Cpl Brown’s time in law enforcement, he has attended and completed many trainings which include Controlled Dangerous Substance Violations, Maryland State Police Covert Investigators School, Southeastern Center for Police Law and Liability Management titled Winning Interdiction Strategies for Commanders, Supervisors and Investigators, Interview and Interrogations for Law Enforcement Officers, Assault and Automatic weapons training at the Maryland Police Training Commission, Proactive Interdiction Class, Mental Health First Aid training, Crisis Intervention Team Training, Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response Training, Incidents Involving the Mentally Ill and Persons in Crisis, and Active Threat Integration Response.

In 2001 Cpl Brown became a Firearms Instructor for the Fruitland Police Department certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission after attending the FBI Firearms Instructors Class. In September of 2002, he became a certified to provide instruction on Beretta Armorer. April 20-24, he attended Firearms Training Facility and became a certified Rifle Instructor. Cpl Brown is the current Agency Firearms Instructor/ Range Master for the Fruitland Police Department and a certified Glock Armorer. He continues to receive training and experience on a regular basis while working as a patrol supervisor at the Fruitland Police Department. As a patrol Supervisor, your affiant Brown continues to make or be involved in arrests for Controlled Dangerous Substance crime and other crimes that are in violation of the Laws of the State of Maryland.


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CEU Credit Info


Our CEU credits are accepted for: 

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • Don’t see your licensure listed here? Email us at info@marylandceu.com 

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  1.    Identify how trauma can impact a child’s emotional and cognitive development.

2.    Learn the difference between secure and disrupted attachment which are created from intimate relationships.

3.    Identify how trauma can delay the development of coping skills which can last a lifetime if not treated.

4.    Develop an understanding of how a youth’s environment, family and social impacts can impact a youth to progress towards the use of violence.

5.    Learn about the different psychological tools that can help identify individuals who may be at risk for violence.

6.    Identify the components of a safety team and the roles of each team member.

7.    Learn how to develop and implement a risk reduction plan to decrease the likelihood that a person will continue to resort to violence.

8.    Gain insight as to how law enforcement integrates within the team and how they are to respond to mass and school shootings.

9.    Review scenarios related to past shootings and identify potential risk factors through each description.

10. Practice creating risk reduction plans based on scenarios provided during group exercises.

11. Identify key components and interventions that can be utilized for the victims and first responders who witnessed acts of violence.

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